The UFC has another free event in Orlando this Saturday, and Jon Litterine will look to stay hot with his picks by breaking down the main card.
Fantasy AnalysisPerez weighed in a half-pound heavy for the matchup, and was unable to cut the weight even after being granted an extra hour to do so. The fight will still go on as planned, however, with Shelton being granted 20 percent of Perez's fight purse. Even after the mishap, Perez remains approximately a (-125) betting favorite for the preliminary bout , a slight decrease from the opening line.
Fantasy AnalysisGastelum's last fight came back in November, a statement win over former middleweight champion Michael Bisping via KO (punches) at UFC Fight Night: Shanghai. The 26-year-old is now 4-1 in his UFC career, with one no-contest competing at 185 pounds.
Fantasy AnalysisIt will be Souza's second fight of the calendar year, after the 38-year-old defeated Derek Brunson via TKO (strikes) in Charlotte on Jan. 27. Souza now boasts an 8-2 record UFC record, with losses coming to Robert Whittaker (undisclosed) and Yoel Romero.
Fantasy AnalysisThough it had previously been in question, McGregor seems intent on stepping into the Octagon once more, opening his post with "I am fighting again. Period." On top of his expressed determination to fight again, McGregor's post brings forth several other interesting points. First, a return to featherweight (145 pounds) still seems to be on the table, even though he last competed in the UFC in the lightweight (155 pounds) division. Furthermore, he seems willing and able to step in and save a card on short notice, which opens the door for countless possibilities in his UFC future. Even though UFC President Dana White once admitted he's not sure if McGregor would ever fight again, it appears the former two-division champion is intent on giving the promotion the injection of life it sorely needs with a new TV renewal deal on the horizon. Not surprisingly, ESPN's Bretty Okamoto reported that Edgar's camp strongly refuted McGregor's claim, though it's also a possibility that talks never advanced enough to even present the idea to Edgar's management team. In the end, the primary takeaway here is that fight fans likely have not seen the last of McGregor in the UFC Octagon.
Fantasy AnalysisPalhares, fresh off a draw with Shamil Amirov, will look to get back in the win column against Khizriev. Prior to the draw, Palhares had been in the midst of a small slump, dropping do of his previous three bouts. However, the 38-year-old's 19-8 record speaks for itself.
Fantasy AnalysisGalvao had been struggling in his recent bouts and the move comes as little surprise given his expiring contract. At 36 years old, Galvao's worth seemed to be declining. He'll leave Bellator with a career 18-9-1 record.